Queen Edith’s and the nearby green belt has a wealth of green-spaces and also several community gardening and food growing projects. They are very diverse:
- Some are very new and some, like Rock Allotments, are more than 100 years old.
- Several spaces are owned and managed by City Council Streets and Open Spaces – but some spaces belong to local schools or churches.
- Most are volunteer-run or involve volunteers, including from Streets and Open Spaces.
The Queen Edith’s in Bloom (QEiB) volunteers would like to support these projects and help expand some of them. This can include simple networking between keen individuals in existing projects so they can more easily choose to work together and share resources.
QEiB is a new name for a project to network these groups. It is extremely informal. Some achievements so far:
- In 2016, QEiB affiliated with the RHS’ (non-competitive) It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN), via Anglia in Bloom, scheme, which can provide some structure and support: on their website.
- In early 2017, QEiB was successful in a bid for RHS Greening Grey Britain support for the Wulfstan Way rain gardens project, which gave us the opportunity to work with Alison the RHS Outreach officer, the 28th Cambridge cubs and also the Probation Service, via the City Council. We also gained some very nice tools, including for education. In July 2018, we are liaising with City Homes and Streets and Open Spaces to try to install some water butts for the garden.
- In mid 2017, some QEiB volunteers helped start a new school garden at Queen Edith’s primary school – and also started to plant up the area in front of the GP practice on Wulfstan Way (this needs more work!). In July 2018, we are making a bug hotel for them at Nightingale Garden.
- In October 2017, volunteers joined in with St James’ Church for their Pumpkin Picnic.
- In July 2018, we have welcomed the 28th cubs and Alison back to Nightingale garden for two evenings of gardening awareness, garden craft activities and some fun.
- Each year, we organise three Abundance stalls from July to September and liaise with various plant swaps and stalls in the area.
We have a lot of fun doing this…
If you would be interested in joining us, do contact us and we can arrange to meet up. In 2018, we might even become a bit more organised.
Rebecca Jones, Nightingale Gardeners volunteer, is the acting co-ordinator (dis-organiser) but would really love to share this project with other keen people.
- Nightingale garden website – including a Queen Edith’s in Bloom page and one about Wulfstan Way raingardens and school gardening.
- RHS Campaign for School Gardening
- RHS Communities
- RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) scheme
- RHS Britain in Bloom
- RHS Anglia in Bloom
- RHS Greening Grey Britain – community action